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An oral history with Kin'ichi Kimbo Yoshitomi (ddr-csujad-29-31)
av An oral history with Kin'ichi Kimbo Yoshitomi (ddr-csujad-29-31)
An oral interview with Kinichi Kimbo Yoshitomi, an incarceree at the Tanforan Assembly Center and the Topaz incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0114. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1645.4_T01
Norm Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-468)
vh Norm Hayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-468)
Sansei male. Born September 11, 1939, in Oakland, California. Grandfather, father, and other family members established a nursery business in San Francisco, California prior to World War II. During the war, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, the family returned to San Francisco and …
Ann Fujikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1011-9)
vh Ann Fujikawa Interview (ddr-densho-1011-9)
Nisei female. Born in Berkeley, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, returned to Berkeley.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed …

Ted Nagata Interview (ddr-densho-1013-3)
vh Ted Nagata Interview (ddr-densho-1013-3)
Sansei male. Born October 5, 1935, in Santa Monica, California. Raised in Berkeley, California, where father worked as a salesman. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Mother had difficult time in camp. Family was one of the last to leave Topaz. Resettled in Salt Lake City and, with sister, sent to …
Yoshiye Handa Yasuda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-485)
vh Yoshiye Handa Yasuda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-485)
Nisei female. Born August 26, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood, where father ran a carpentry business. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to San Francisco with parents and finished high school. While still in …
Tolan Committee representative meeting with Japanese American farmer (ddr-densho-151-216)
img Tolan Committee representative meeting with Japanese American farmer (ddr-densho-151-216)
Original caption: San Jose, California. John W. Abbott, chief field investigator for the Tolan Congressional Defense Committee on Migration, is shown speaking to a young celery grower, on March 27, 1942, who has just completed arrangements for leasing his farm during evacuation. He holds the lease document in his hand. He and his sisters were evacuated …
Taneyuki Dan Harada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-306)
vh Taneyuki Dan Harada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-306)
Kibei male. Born June 17, 1923, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Japan and attending school. Returned to the U.S. in 1938, and was attending high school when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. While …
Kiyo Yoshimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-344)
vh Kiyo Yoshimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-344)
Nisei female. Born July 31, 1924, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Richmond, California, where father worked for the Santa Fe railroad company. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left camp for Chicago, Illinois. Remained in Chicago, becoming a social worker, and getting involved with …
Dave Tatsuno Interview II (ddr-densho-1005-4)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview II (ddr-densho-1005-4)
Nisei male. Born March 31, 1913, in San Francisco, California. Spent difficult childhood years in San Francisco under care of a guardian while family lived in Japan. Graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley before World War II. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and then to Topaz concentration …
Kazuko Iwahashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-337)
vh Kazuko Iwahashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-337)
Nisei female. Born December 16, 1929, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Berkeley where parents operated a nursery business. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, returned to Berkeley, working as a schoolgirl for a white woman while …
Kenji Tomita Interview (ddr-ajah-1-3)
vh Kenji Tomita Interview (ddr-ajah-1-3)
Nisei male. Born August 25, 1924, in Alameda, California. Grew up in Alameda, where father ran a food wholesaling business. Was in high school when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Left Topaz on student leave to attend the University of …
Grace F. Oshita Interview (ddr-densho-1013-4)
vh Grace F. Oshita Interview (ddr-densho-1013-4)
Nisei female. Born January 2, 1925, in San Francisco, California. Spent childhood in San Francisco where family operated successful miso factory and grocery store. Father arrested by FBI in February 1942 and sent to Fort Lincoln internment camp, North Dakota. Family removed to Tanforan Assembly Center and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Graduated from Topaz High School …
Tom Akashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-164)
vh Tom Akashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-164)
Nisei male. Born June 7, 1929, in Merced, California. Grew up in Mount Eden, California, and was removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Incarcerated at the Topaz concentration camp in Utah, then moved to Tule Lake concentration camp after family volunteered to move to Japan. While at Tule Lake, …
Tsuyako Kitashima Collection (ddr-janm-4)
Collection Tsuyako Kitashima Collection (ddr-janm-4)
Various materials from Topaz, Redress, the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR), and the Japanese American Citizens' League (JACL) by Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima. Kitashima was born in Hayward, California in 1918. Her and her family were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans forcefully interned in war relocation camps during World War Two. They were first taken …
Jim Kajiwara - Sox Kitashima Interview (ddr-densho-1012-13)
vh Jim Kajiwara - Sox Kitashima Interview (ddr-densho-1012-13)
This interview is with a Nisei couple who were married in 1942 and were incarcerated in the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, during World War II.

(This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work …

Harry Kawahara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-368)
vh Harry Kawahara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-368)
Nisei male. Born September 14, 1931, in San Leandro, California. Grew up in San Leandro, where father ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After leaving camp, moved with family to Salt Lake City for a year before returning to San Leandro. After …
Jean Shiraki Gize Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-14)
vh Jean Shiraki Gize Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-14)
Nisei female. Born June 16, 1938, in Alameda, California. Was age three when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. While in camp, father volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Mother answered an ad in the camp newspaper and …
Hikaru Morohoshi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-303)
vh Hikaru Morohoshi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-303)
Kibei Nisei male. Born October 4, 1915, in Stockton, California. As a young child, sent to Japan to live with grandparents and attend school. Returned to California at age eighteen, and drafted into the U.S. military. Discharged from the army after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, Washington, and the Topaz concentration …
Norman I. Hirose Interview (ddr-densho-1013-7)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview (ddr-densho-1013-7)
Nisei male. Born June 22, 1926, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943 because of mother's wish to have the family move to Japan. …

Narrator Ernie Iyama

Nisei male. WGrew up in California. During World War II, was removed to the Tanforan assembly center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah.

Narrator Midori Suzuki

Nisei female. Grew up in Half Moon Bay, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah.

Narrator Ann Fujikawa

Nisei female. Born in Berkeley, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, returned to Berkeley.

Narrator Sox Kitashima

Nisei female. Born 1918 in Hayward, California. Married in 1942 and removed with husband to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, during World War II.
Dave Tatsuno Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-6)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview (ddr-jamsj-2-6)
Nisei male. Born March 31, 1913, in San Francisco, California. Spent difficult childhood years in San Francisco under care of a guardian while family lived in Japan. Graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley before World War II. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and then to Topaz concentration …

Narrator Jim Kajiwara

Nisei male. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. Married in 1942 and removed with wife to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, during World War II.
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